Douglas County, Kansas

Support Overview

We have 92 kids on our waiting list. You can give them hope.

Your support can bring us closer to our goal of providing a volunteer advocate for every child in our community who has experienced abuse or neglect. You can help give them a voice both inside and outside the court while they wait for a safe & permanent home.

Let's make a difference for these kids together.

Your gift can help give a vulnerable child the caring support of a safe, trusted adult who will stand by their side, look out for their well-being and guide them toward a life of stability.
Our Children: CASA serves children from birth through 18 and from all races and socioeconomic backgrounds. These children have irresistible grins, vivid imaginations and incredible potential.  They share one commonality, unfortunately; each one has been a victim of abuse or neglect.
Our Advocates: CASA volunteers are everyday people just like you. They are teachers, retirees, recent college graduates, military spouses, attorneys, construction workers, and stay-at-home moms. They share a compassion for the most vulnerable children in our community and are willing to dedicate a little bit of their time to help give them some hope for a future of decent possibilities.
Our Reputation: CASA has built a solid reputation as a community partner, friend and diligent steward of your funds for over 30 years. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and have received the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency. All donations are tax-deductible.
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How will my donation make a difference?
Very simply, your financial support allows CASA to recruit, train and support more Court Appointed Special Advocates who can speak up on behalf of kids in the child welfare system each year. These advocates are assigned to children living in protective temporary custody and serve a critical role in ensuring that no child slips through the cracks of an overburdened system while they wait for safe & permanent homes.
CASA volunteers see to it that each child is given the rights and opportunities he or she deserves while in care. They serve as a dedicated set of eyes and ears for the family court judge who will ultimately decide the permanent placement for a child. They advocate for what is in the best interest of the child.
Most importantly, CASA volunteers are a constant, trusted & caring adult in a child’s life during this unstable and often scary time.

There are many ways to support kids in the child welfare system.

Join the CASA Collective
The CASA Collective is a society of caring friends who have come together and made a commitment to provide ongoing support for kids in the child welfare system throughout the year. We invite you to join them by setting up a recurring gift & help CASA increase its capacity to provide sustained advocacy for foster kids throughout the duration of their time in the child welfare system. For more details, see the CASA Collective page or contact Sarah Hoadley, Development Assistant at 785-832-5172, or email shoadley@dccasaks.org.

Make a Donation
Every single gift, large or small, supports our mission of empowering children who have experienced abuse and neglect with a volunteer's voice both inside and outside the court. Funds allow CASA to recruit, train and supervise volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates and reach more vulnerable children. Your support can help us sustain our current levels of child advocacy and, ideally, reach more children on our waiting list who still need a CASA volunteer. You may donate online, by mail, or by phone: 785-832-5172
Honorary & Memorial Gifts
Honor someone special at any time of the year. Make a gift in their honor to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or any other occasion. It's a great way to show that you care about them and let them know how inspiring they are. A memorial donation is a wonderful way to honor, remember, and pay tribute to a loved one who has passed. CASA can notify the person you wish to honor or the family of the person you wish to memorialize of your kindness. You may donate online, by mail, or by phone: 785-832-5172.
Sponsorship & Corporate Gifts
CASA relies on the generosity of local, regional, and national businesses for direct donations, in-kind gifts, volunteer assistance and sponsorships. Consider sponsoring a CASA event at a level that fits your personal or corporate budget and reach CASA's broad community of supporters. For more information, please contact Sarah Hoadley, Development Assistant at 785-832-5172, or email shoadley@dccasaks.org.
Matching Gifts
Participating in a matching gifts program makes your donation go farther. Many companies encourage employees to donate to their favorite charities by matching their contributions. Your company may even make a monetary donation in recognition of volunteer service. Some companies may also match the gifts of retirees, spouses, surviving spouses, and outside directors. Talk to your human resources department to find out if a program is available to supplement your gift to CASA.
Planned Giving: Leave a Legacy
Bequests and other planned gifts help ensure that Douglas County CASA will continue to help future generations of children who experience abuse and neglect. Planned gifts can take the form of life insurance, equity, or real estate holdings (among others) and can enable donors to contribute gifts that they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to make. Contact us for more information.
Endowment
Make a gift that will last a lifetime. A donation to the CASA Endowment Fund helps support the future of child advocacy in our community. Contact us for more information or go to our Endowment webpage managed by the Douglas County Community Foundation to make a donation.

Special Funds & Scholarships
CASA maintains special funds that are earmarked to provide specific items and services to the children on our caseload as well as other at-risk youth in Douglas County. The Child Need Fund provides essential materials & supplies as well as activities scholarships for children with limited access to basic necessities. The Shepherd Shoe Fund honors retired judge, and Douglas County CASA founder, Hon. Jean Shepherd. This fund provides youth the footwear they need for daily activities and to participate in extracurricular activities including dance, sports, marching band, prom, and more. Donate online, by mail, or by phone, 785-832-5172.
Casa and our community

By the numbers

107

Children served to date in 2021

61

Volunteers actively advocating

91

Children waiting for a CASA Volunteer

91

Additional volunteer advocates needed

Change a life with CASA

At any given time there are 165 children in foster care due to child abuse and neglect in our area, help us help those children who are still waiting for a CASA volunteer.